Is Davao City the safest in the world? Not true, says Mareng Winnie who claims numbers were ‘manipulated’
Davao City Rodrigo Duterte is riding on his bailiwick’s tag as world’s safest city but former Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Solita “Winnie” Monsod believes its all hogwash.
Monsod said the claim was based solely on data furnished by Numbeo.com, a website which used user-generated data to rank cities and countries based on health, cost of living, and quality of life.
“What does this mean? This means it is based on what people (who go to the website) say, and not on hard data, which is why they talk about ‘perceived’ crime rates. That is why in the space of seven months—between April and November 2015—it moved from the ninth safest city to the No. 1 spot (from ninth to fourth, between April and June),” said Monsod in her Inquirer column.
Monsod, who thinks Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas is the best candidate in the field, said that Numbeo’s data and ranking could be manipulated as this driven largely by perception of people who take their time to share their perception of a city or a country.
“In the Davao case, the ranking was based on less than 500 observations—all self-selected. On the other hand, the Economist Intelligence Unit has a list of the world’s 50 safest cities; Davao is not in the list. In other words, it is not true that Davao is the safest city in the world,” said Monsod who also dissed Vice President Jejomar Binay for claiming all the fame for bringing Makati City to its lofty status as the Philippines business capital.
Wheninmainla.com featured a Facebook post of Sean de Dios basically saying the same thing as Monsod. De Dios said he went over other legacy sites that compile similar lists such as BBC, The Guardian, and CNBC but Davao was nowhere to be found among the top 50 safest cities in the world.
“Now before you get your panties in a bunch, I’m not saying that Davao city isn’t as safe as it claims to be. I’m just saying that if you’re going to claim something as big as NTH IN THE WORLD, you better have the proper sources to back you up. You connect the dots. And, if anyone has better sources regarding the prestigious title, please let me know because I’d rather hope that it is in fact, well-earned,” said de Dios who described himself as a former content developer of Omni Digital Media.